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"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." 
CARL JUNG. Excerpt from Journey, a book of photomontage by Catharine Carter. Details below.
*  S U M M E R   N E W S L E T T E R   Take Two. *

Big thanks to CAM RALEIGH, and to all the collaborators
participating in the (free) four events listed below.


Events & CAMversations
 

Music & Literary Event with Kenny Roby: 
The Craft of Writing
 
    Sunday, July 17, 4pm sharp.

The craft of writing in different forms will be celebrated.
—Musician and singer-songwriter Kenny Roby will play a few songs (acoustic).
—I will read short excerpts from a few different H&B books. (hopefully an H&B author will join in too)
—Artists will discuss their writing process and points of inspirations/goals, etc.
—Expect this event to last 45-60 minutes. You'll be home in time for early Sunday evening dinner (or you can stick around and spend some time with the books and other work)

Kenny Roby is founder of 6 String Drag, and has recorded eight albums, several of which were designed by Horse & Buggy Press, and many that have been lauded far and wide by music critics across the globe. All that glitters may not be gold, but Kenny Roby is one of the true sparkly gems of this region. . . and has been for quite some time. 

Beer, sparkling water, and wine available at the donation bar.
Please RSVP to melissa.roth@camraleigh.org so we can get a count for refreshments.


Craft and Furniture Makers for the 21st Century    
Sunday, July 24, 4pm sharp.

Five craftspersons/furniture makers who created custom works for the exhibit; Al Frega, Scott Howell, Ben Galata, Jessica Ullom from Hawks and Doves, and Anthony Ulinski; will speak about their work (and show images of other works) in an informal conversation moderated by Ann Marie Baum of Trig Modern.

I will talk briefly about why and how I create variation within a book edition to push the idea of the books as unique artifacts (rather than being mere copies of a plan), and explain how I use materials as a way to carry content and become more than just a neutral receiving substrate for words and pictures. So the books have soul, or what Walter Benjamin described as "aura."

Al Frega is based in Durham and makes sculptures, furniture, and more utilizing a treasure trove of rescued architectural elements and discarded machinery from across North Carolina.

Scott Howell is an artist, designer, and craftsman based in Durham with twenty-five years experience in the woodworking industry building custom cabinetry and millwork for a variety of clients. Currently, Scott is focusing on designing and building furniture that re-imagines traditional and modern styles for contemporary life. 

Jessica Ullom is a Raleigh-based maker who repurposes found materials in conjunction with both new and dead stock American made textiles. She uses these items to produce utilitarian home goods, kitchen wares, and accessories. Hawks and Doves strives to source raw materials locally and creates one-of-a-kind products.  

Ben Galata creates custom furnishings, architectural elements, and sculpture in forged and fabricated steel. Ben's work is contemporary, but produced using traditional blacksmithing and metalworking processes. The work is inspired by a variety of references, ranging from urban landscape to forms found in nature. Ben’s work can been seen in residences, public spaces, and galleries regionally and nationally. 

Anthony Ulinski moved to Raleigh in 1976 and founded Dovetail Woodworks, a studio furniture business which is located one block away from CAM on Commerce Street. His furniture has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Fair, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Fair, and the John Elder Gallery in New York. In 1993 he began painting, focusing on the still life and landscape: quiet everyday scenes. He divides his time between painting and furniture making. 

Beer, sparkling water, and wine available at the donation bar.

Please RSVP to melissa.roth@camraleigh.org so we can get a count for refreshments.

Friends of the NC State School of Design
& Penland School of Crafts Evening 

Thursday, July 28, 6–8pm


Students, alum, faculty past and present, staff, and friends from both the NC State School of Design and the Penland School of Crafts are invited for an informal gathering to reunite with old friends and make new ones.

I will talk *briefly* about my experience at the two schools and how they were instrumental to my establishing Horse & Buggy Press. I will point out those in attendance (writers, musicians, furniture makers, photographers, and other visual artists) who have work in the exhibition and have connections to either school.

Robin Dreyer, Penland's publications director, will bring catalogues from the school as well as an advance copy of “Inspired: Life in Penland’s Resident Artist & Craft Fellowship Programs.” This new 200 page book includes a history of Penland and profiles past resident artists and core students (including myself, Meredith Brickell, and a few other design school grads).

Longtime Penland executive director Jean McLaughlin has invited Penland trustee—and friend of CAM Raleigh—Kaola Phoenix to talk about Penland's role as a craft-based educational environment. Several other Penland trustees will join Phoenix, including Abie Harris, Linda Carter, Alan Peterson, and Catherine Williams.

Beer, sparkling water, and wine available at the donation bar.
Please RSVP to melissa.roth@camraleigh.org so we can get a count for refreshments.

Photographers Catharine Carter and Rob McDonald  
Sunday, July 31, 4pm sharp.

Dave will talk briefly about the why/what/how, etc of collaborating with photographers on fine press books and share a few stories from books on display in the exhibit.

Rob McDonald, photographer and writer from Lexington, Virginia will talk and share (projected) images of his work as well as passing around prints. He and Dave will talk about their two collaborations, Birdhouses and Poplar Forest, both of which are hand-bound books featured in the exhibit and were produced with a mix of Indigo printing (images) and letterpress printing for the text.

Catharine Carter, photographer from Chapel Hill, will talk and share (projected) images of her work. She and Dave will talk about their collaboration on the 112 page fine press book Journey; a sequence of photomontage imagery that is interspersed with short writings from Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung which inspired Catharine’s images. This nearly completed book features hand-sewn bindings, hand-printed letterpress covers, and a signed and numbered deluxe edition created with handmade paper covers and which is accompanied by a photographic print suitable for framing. A giclee/letterpress broadside edition is being produced as well. 

Beer, sparkling water, and wine available at the donation bar.
Please RSVP to melissa.roth@camraleigh.org so we can get a count for refreshments.


First Friday      August 5, 4–9pm
CAM Raleigh opens its doors for all First Fridays from 4-10pm. Dave will be on hand for much of the evening, occasionally disappearing to check out some of the happenings at other area venues. 

 

Closing Reception   Sunday, August 7, 4–6pm

There will be special guests, fun surprises, and thank you presents (handed out by my five year old son Miles) to folks who have been instrumental to help create this collaborative and interdisciplinary exhibitI might tell a few stories—some of them may even be partially true—and there may or may not be a piñata. Dividends will be paid out to the initial H&B investors in a grand display of slobbering affection. 

Beer, sparkling water, and wine available at the donation bar.
Please RSVP to melissa.roth@camraleigh.org so we can get a count for refreshments.
 
This exhibit rewards visitors who return for mulitiple visits. There are dozens of books in the exhibit and hidden treasures for those that poke around. Several books are for sale in the CAM bookshop, but contact me me if you want to purchase other titles (or a broadside or music project). Thanks and enjoy.

Meanwhile back at the ranch . . . 

We have open studios this Friday from 6-9pm as part of Third Friday Durham,
and a great new exhibit in the guest artist foyer gallery. Details below.

 

Works on paper by Phil Blank

OPENS this Friday, July 15 from 6-9pm. Up through August 20.

CLOSING RECEPTION will be Friday, August 19 from 6-9p
*with special musical guests out front on the sidewalk.




Full schedule of upcoming exhibits below...

 
cartoon above by Kevin Siers from the Charlotte Observer.

A special exhibit coming soon . . .
Bathroom Humor: National Cartoonists Take On HB2  August 10 – September 25

North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” inspired debate across the country on restroom access and transgender rights. Here, several dozen members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists have their say on both sides of this hot-button issue. This exhibit will be displayed in a 20 x 10 footspace here at the Bull City Arts Collaborative  that is usually a work space). We are stoked to display this work and share it with visitors. We're even going to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls so the work really shines. 
 

September's foyer gallery show . . .
How I Learned to Draw: Cartoons from Five Decades by V.C. Rogers
V. Cullum Rogers traces his artistic growth from rank amateurism to near-competence through a selection of political cartoons from the Durham Morning Herald (1977-88), the Indy (1997- ) and other publications.


CONVENTION OF POLITICAL CARTOONISTS!
“How I Learned to Draw” and “Bathroom Humor” are being shown in conjunction with the Association of American Editorialist Cartoonist's national convention in Durham on Sept. 21-24. Should be a fun time to be out and about. No doubt the bar scene at last call around town should be interesting. 


October's foyer gallery show . . .
Transcendental Concord. Photographs by Lisa McCarty.
Lisa will be giving a talk here, likely on Thursday October 13, as part of her photography show which is itself a part of the fifth annual and month-long Click Photography Festival

 
Dig reading these newsletters?
Here's the one sent out a month ago with more about the 20 year anniversary exhibit which opened at Cassilhaus (lots of fun pictures from the Cassilhaus events). 

 
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